A concert to celebrate

police band commemorates 124 years with concert in jubilee garden

The Royal Barbados Police Force band is celebrating 124 years this year.

And last evening they presented Bajans with a delightful birthday gift — a concert in Jubilee Garden in the City called Crop-Over In The City.

The location was not at all by chance, coordinator of the event, Police Constable Tito Ellis told Barbados TODAY. It was there in 1889 that the band made its d√but performance.

Based on the jiving of the masses who turned out, it can be concluded that they enjoy the band’s present.

The police band entertained the crowd for about half an hour with hits like: Gabby’s Emmerton and Bridgetown Early, Working and a medley of folk song; then it was time for other entertainers.

The already vibrant crowd came more alive when Biggie Irie took to the stage to perform Nah Going Home and Caan Be Over and at one point it appeared as if they wanted to take to the stage to be his unofficial back-up singers.

In addition to Statement, Hypa Sounds and Ian Webster, calypsonian Adrian Clarke erforming, This Melody and Nice Time, TC, Mr. Dale singing Soca Junkie, Ras Iley — Spring Garden On Fire, Pic-O-De-Crop monarch Red Plastic Bag, Dre and former Junior Monarch Jazz-Z rocked the crowd. The concert ended with a fitting closure by Blood and reigning triple crown monarch Mikey. (KC)

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